PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Oli Holmes

Review of Divemaster & IDC Course on a Koh Tao Scuba Diving Internship

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Oli Holmes

PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer Oli Holmes
Name: Oli Holmes
Hometown: Carlisle, Cumbria, England
Age: 26
Internship: PADI Divemaster, IDC & Master Scuba Diver Trainer Internship

What PADI scuba diving Internship program did you complete?

I did my Divemaster internship followed by my Instructor to Master Scuba Diver Trainer Internship

What were you doing before you joined Crystal Dive?

Travelling the world, with my stop before Thailand being New Zealand where I did a ski season.

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How long have you spent completing your scuba diving internship?

My divemaster took around 6 weeks to complete and my instructor internship taking around the same time to complete. 

What was your favourite part of your scuba diving internship and why?

On my divemaster internship I really enjoyed assisting on courses, I found it very rewarding to help students overcome problems and see the transformation in them over the course. This is ultimately what made me decide to go on to do my instructor development course and my master scuba diver trainer internship.

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What was your least favourite and why?

Early Mornings!! I’m a night owl so really struggled starting the day at 6:30am. The more I have done it though the more I have got used to it.

Who was your favourite instructor and why?

Andy otherwise known as Macca was my favourite instructors. I assisted on a few of his courses as a divemaster then as an instructor. I liked the way he made the courses fun yet very informative and thorough. 

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During your scuba diving internship which of the additional Marine Conservation ‘ECO’ program activities did you take part in and which did you enjoy the most?

I tried to get involved with all the various eco activities which happen all the time at Crystal Dive. I think I finished my divemaster with about 14 eco points a whole 9 above the required 5. My favourite was deploying structures to our in house artificial dive site Junkyard, I loved doing something while diving.

Then after the dive feeling great because we accomplished something and later visiting the structure and seeing it in its new underwater home was awesome!

Do you think our additional Marine Conservation ‘ECO’ program was beneficial to your Professional level scuba diving training and if so why?

For sure, Jenny the head of our Eco Koh Tao program was so knowledgeable about marine life and corals, it taught me so much about how our actions of divers and non-divers can affect the underwater world. Which is great so I can pass all that knowledge down to my students.

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As a qualified PADI Master Scuba Diver Trainer what are your future plans with regards to scuba?

I would like to stay working in the diving industry and hopefully stay and work at crystal to teach more divers!

And what about Koh Tao – Favourite Restaurant?

That’s a hard one as I love food and there is a great variety on Koh Tao, but I have to go for PomSomTam which translates as Mum’s Papaya Salad. It’s a small restaurant that is nothing fancy but the food there is amazing and the lovely owner (mumma Pom) is super friendly!

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How did you spend your non-diving days?

It is highly dependent on how late I had been out the night before and how many beers I had! If I was feeling fresh I enjoy taking a hike to one of the viewpoints or if I was feeling lazy I would drive my motorbike up.

Where are you heading to next?

Not planning on leaving anytime soon!

Crystal Dive Koh Tao

7/1 Moo 2
Tambon Ko Tao
Koh Tao
Surat Thani
84360
Thailand

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